Racism against Asians is ignored

I’ve lived in Oakland and San Francisco for almost 30 yrs. I’ve liked living here for many reasons: great weather, beautiful parks and cities, and racial diversity. It’s very important to me. My child is bi-racial; I’m proud of who he is and I want him to live in a prejudice-free environment. I’ve championed causes for minorities for all of my life because I believe in racial equality and unity. But when I think about how invisible I feel as an Asian-American, I feel both sad and angry about it. I’m tired of the label of “model minority”, tired that Asians are discriminated against with very little push back.

This happens more often than you’d think, even before the corona virus.

I titled my blog, Seoul Sister for several reasons, Koreans have been through much suffering historically and that’s why I think they have much soul. We refer to each other as “brother or sister” (if they’re older than you), and we address all the elderly as our grandparents regardless of relation. If you wondered, I’m not culturally appropriating the term Soul Sister, I’m showing that there’s a parallel in cultures in a clever way. I grew up during the 70s and 80s, I remember liking the term Soul Sister which was used by black people because I thought it combined spiritually with unity/extended family/tribe consciousness. Koreans feel the same way and I wanted to let non-Koreans understand how they value unity.

Koreans don’t hate black people. I certainly don’t. My first friend in first grade was Kimberly, my best friend in college was Detra (Dee), my favorite teacher in high school was Mr. Marbury and all of these favorite people were black. I went to see Maya Angelou speak in person. She was wonderful. She stressed racial equality and unity. I remember looking into the crowd and noticing that I was the only Asian person there in a huge audience of mostly black students. That made me sad.

I feel like I’m labeled if I point out the ignored racism against Asians. In part two of this post, I’ll talk about the LA riots of 1992, my parent’s experience with racism, (their ways of being racist which I fought against) and the reasons why I think they became discriminatory. The purpose of these posts are not to incite division. Ultimately I’m seeking union and healing of racism.

I found these offensive videos of Godfrey on Vladtv on YouTube. He’s very racist against Asians, no matter how he says he’s not. In these 2 video clips below he 1) describes the backlash he experienced when he made a blanket statement against Chinese people, (does he think we’re all Chinese?), he suggested that Nigerians should enact “an eye for an eye” which seemed to suggest violence against them. This caused backlash from the Asian community. He said he received threats and he pointed out that the threats were a form of cultural appropriation because slang terminology was used, he labeled it as black speech. Hmmm, so he’s saying that all black people talk in a certain way? No one else can use urban slang?

He says he’s not racist against Asians stating that his managers or agents are Korean. And? So that makes him not racist? He also mentioned that he studied Martial Arts. According to his logic, isn’t he guilty of cultural appropriation by learning and benefiting from Martial Arts which was created by Asians? Sounds like he has a double standard when it comes to cultural appropriation.

Then in the second video clip it gets even worse. It’s hard to watch because it’s full of racist stereotypes and hatred of Asians, not to mention objectification of women (misogyny) and men as mere body parts. He uses a thick Asian accent, facial grimaces and talks about how Asians aren’t well-endowed. I’m so sick of hearing this kind of bullying, hatred and lies. He’s a comedian that isn’t funny; he’s just an asshole. If a non-black comedian said racist jokes about the stereotyped body shapes of black people, there’d be no end to the anger. Seriously, this kind of negativity is a hidden evil that Asians endure, sometimes on a daily basis. I know this because I’ve experienced it. Does Godfrey’s ignorance make me label all black people as racist or evil? No, because I’m not a racist like he is, but I am angry about the silence of the media. All racism is wrong and despite what some say, black people can also be racist.

“OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Two men who were charged with murder for the beating death of a 59-year-old San Francisco man in downtown Oakland two years ago have pleaded no contest to the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter…

But Pointer said Wednesday that the two men didn’t think they would cause Yu’s death by punching him and he said he thinks the death was caused by “a freak series of events.”

A son had to witness his father’s murder, his death was directly caused by the killers, it was not “a freak series of events.”


https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2012/03/29/two-men-plead-no-contest-in-oakland-beating-death/

“58-year-old Korean American husband and father Ki-Suck Han was killed following a verbal exchange between himself and his murderer, Naeem Davis, 30. Witnesses say Han confronted Davis after he appeared to be verbally harassing other subway riders. A shouting match ensued which culminated in Davis shoving Han onto the tracks; none of the onlookers went to help Han who was killed by a train entering the station less than a minute after he was pushed. Instead, freelance photographer R. Umar Abbasi took a graphic picture of Han moments before his death, trying to climb back onto the platform as a train barreled down on him; that picture was sold to The New York Post and insensitively run on the paper’s front page.” (This was just one story, several other Asians were murdered by being pushed onto train tracks).

http://reappropriate.co/2014/11/sundays-attack-means-last-3-victims-killed-in-nyc-by-being-pushed-into-subway-tracks-are-all-asian-american-men/

https://www.quora.com/Are-blacks-racist-against-Asians

It’s not just racist black people hating Asians—-racist ex-rapper, Marky Mark Wahlberg gets to culturally appropriate black culture but no one calls him on it. Why? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Z9TZlw6hsQ
Racism against Asians over COVID-19 makes SARS inspired racism pale in comparison, even though many more people died of SARS.

8 Comments

  1. I’ve always thought racism against Asians has never received the same attention as racism against blacks.

    I’ve always been a big fan of old classic movies and I think the most poignant line I’ve ever heard in a film was spoken by Anna May Wong in a murder mystery movie that was made in either the late ’30s or early ’40s (I forget the year) when some police inspector questioning suspects starts out by asking her when she arrived from China.

    And she replied, “I’ve never been to China. I was born in America.”

    And the way she spoke that line, I’m sure she was summarizing all her life experiences and the way she had been treated all her life as a real person and not just a character in a movie.

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    1. That’s a perfect analogy, what Anna May Wong’s character said, thank you for sharing that. I totally can relate to that line and the experience of always being seen and treated like a foreigner, an “alien” in my only country that I’m a citizen of. Thank you for understanding the unfairness. I really think that whoever’s pulling the strings wants to divide and conquer us. Unfortunately I think they’re winning the game, it was always rigged in their favor.

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  2. Actually, I noted an aspect of what you said in much detail in my American Studies module. Not that I did not love it. It was wonderful. But I remember doing almost four texts relating to African-Americans, while there was only one Asian-American text. I was dismayed by the lack of diversity when I studied this module, like knowing more about other minorities other than the Black community. Through your post, I gain more insight into the cultural situation of Asian-Americans. And you are right in condemning racist acts. The guy looked very condescending and ignorant. The very fact that you represent yourself through your voice is in itself a triumph and is perhaps the milestone towards consciousness and change. Actually, concerning language, he was right about the slang because it is a particular speech which linguists consider as an alternate English. They call it the African-American Vernacular English but you are right as well to say that anyone in contact with the people speaking the same language will have the same linguistic patterns. Actually, I find cultural appropriation a weird invention since over here, I am used to inter-cultural living. We borrow quite a lot of cultural elements from one another. I believe more in fostering cultural sharing than saying it is my cultural practice. I don’t know for you but it will sound weird for me.

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    1. Thank you for reading my post and for your thoughtful comment. I got in trouble by a speaker of a Racial Equity training because I asked her why there was hardly any mention of discrimination against Asians in the USA compared to the almost exclusive focus of racism against “black and brown” (people of African descent and Latino people), the speaker became outraged at my innocently stated question. I could see that she had a blindness perhaps purposeful and that I pushed her button by questioning the narrative. I’ve been on the side of championing minority issues all of my life and didn’t complain that my Asian heritage was hardly ever supported by these groups. But as I got older, I started seeing the inequality, the lack of representation of Asians as if they weren’t being discriminated against. Sometimes I’ll walk on the public sidewalk and a stranger will make sounds, call me Ms. Thailand or yellow pussy (sorry to be crude) they do this because they think they can get away with it because Asians are known to be quiet and uncomplaining. Since the Corona Virus, this harassment has increased in the USA but media hardly mentions it. Asians have been sprayed with disinfectant, spit at, yelled at and beaten, their houses and cars vandalized by their own neighbors. It’s hateful. It get upset just thinking about this and all the silence around it. Thanks again for your comment.

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